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the european politicians and believing in the euro project, are you? >> well, i was. breaking up, wouldn't be here -- >> you're going to tell me that you're convicted on the aussie/dollar. >> no, i'm not convicted. i'm admitting that i've been wrong. we think aussie is terribly overvalued and that's the problem, frankly. >> good to have you on. plenty more to come from you. the ecb is going to keep its interest rates at a record low today. that's what we expect, anyway. the markets will be listening to the delivery tone of mario draghi's delivery. silvia wadhwa is back at her delivery post. 2013 [ speaking foreign language ]. >> everything is going to stay the same. the ecb hasn't got anything to do right now. they've pretty much said everything on track, probably the best, cheapest intervention they had so far was the program. every month announced again. we stand ready to act, but so far they haven't had to do anything because nobody has asked for an omt program yet. but the market believes that the ecb is there as the backstop. so far, that was very successful. in terms of anything el
. they're about to repay hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency loans sending the euro to a 11-month high. currency investor axle merck says the euro could be the rock star this year. he is here to explain. tracy: this blowup capsule the future of space? you heard it about had here first last week. the head of the company that makes nasa's new experiment will tell us how the thing works. and how it is expandable as to inflatable. ashley: there is your space lab right there. tracy: but it is top of the hour. time for stocks as we do every 15 minutes. nicole petallides on the floor of the exchange. >> all right. good way to kick off the hour. let's just get to the markets. i think we'll save ourselves. let's take a look here at the dow, the nasdaq and the s&p. as we noted we've been sitting here at five-year highs and not too far off all-time highs. look at dow industrials. 13,881. you are. our high of the day was 13,887. these are the highest levels we've seen in five years. of course our all-time high, there it is right on cue, closing high, 14,164 and change. we're not too far
/dollar, 11.6236. euro/dollar, 1.3166. kind of where we were yesterday. asian markets in china and japan will be catching up on news on the u.s. fiscal cliff deal. we'll get december sales figures from japan's retailing. the owner of stores are set to release its q1 earnings today. samsung electronics is expected to post its q4 earnings guidance. that's all on the agenda in asia. but what investors are to do with what we've got so far this year? joining us now, nicholas. these are the classic risk off day yesterday. how do you categorize it and what it means for -- >> well, i mean, obviously, you know, i think it's important to be clear that this was a rally not based -- based not on what the deal did, but what the deal undid. clearly, the good news is that the u.s. americansfully avoided an even bigger fiscal issue. but, you know, i think clearly it shows how low we've actually sunk in the realm of investors expectations when the markets are actually rallying on essentially muddling through. and this is a well trodden path. it's a fairly familiar tale. and we've obviously seen it in the
euros in debt. the treasury's funding this year is being outlined in madrid as we speak. as we get details on that, we'll absolutely bring them to you. we're talking about nations showing up and saying, give us the help. but spain hasn't even had to go that far. >> the spanish base can get some of on their money if they declare official emergencies. what they're trying to do is to avoid saying we really need the help, we're in trouble. all these countries, as the situation continues, it's clear they won't appear to be the only ones to call the situation off. and the spanish are aware of the fact that everyone else is aware of. we can deal with these countries. spain itself is a significantly different issue. this is a european problem, a potentially fatal one, but one that the spanish isn't really up to. >> can we still get beyond the german elections before there is any activation of the omc? >> we're talking about -- >> or can we go everywhere? >> the issue with the omt, if you're a central banker's performance, it's all these acronyms and different names. it's worth bearing in m
. euro/dollar, we've traded between 1.30, 1.50, 1.32 the last couple of weeks. that's where we stand in europe. we have the latest out of asia. >>> thank you. a mixed day of trade finish asian borses. the nikkei snapped a two-day losing streak ending .7% higher. talk as the boj set to ease its monetary policy this month by boosting its asset purchase program. after a brief pause yesterday the yen weakened against the u.s. dollar again today fueling automakers and other exporter stocks. >>> elsewhere, the shanghai finished flat as investors remained cautious ahead of trade and cip data due out. reports that more property curves will be made itted to tame rising housing prices. agricultural stocks surged on expectations that beijing's urban growth plan will support food production. in hong kong, the hang seng rebounded half a percent from the lowest level in the week. mainly banks gained momentum after ubs upgraded icbc. concerns over q4 earnings sent the kospi lower by .3%. the fifth straight day of losses for south korean shares. i.t. stocks and development ralliers pushed higher .4%
the australian dollar, canadian dollar, singapore dollar and the euro will be the strongest currencies going forward. the reason is -- david: as good as gold though? >> gold will be the best every time. no question about that because even the australian reserve bank which i would say australia is a very strong currency, a lot of inflows in the small capital market, but even they, the reserve bank of australia cutting rates. they are all going to go down somewhat against gold but on a relative basis some currencies will do better than others. >> where does the u.s. dollar fit into all of this, michael? >> we're going to see i think a year of two halves of the u.s. dollar. first half of the year, continued dollar weakness. the second half of the year i think we will see the dollar gain some ground against the euro, certainly against the yen. david: michael, one thing that scares a lot of people, we saw at different times where one country tries to make its export goods cheaper by devaluing their currency and its neighbor will try to do the same and there will be a war back and forth and eventu
this morning been up to 89.35. euro/yen higher, stipulating around the 118 mark, as well. euro/dollar had big moves yesterday, posting with the spanish auction mr. draghi and the ecb coming out saying it was unanimous about no interest rate cuts whereas in the previous month there had been some discussion about that. euro/dollar, 11.3260. let's bring you up to speed with the asian trading session today as they wrap up the week. li sixuan joins us for the first time today. >> thanks, ross. japan was a clear outperformer after shinzo abe unveiled his massive stimulus plan. and the nikkei gained 1.4% today. just to put it into context, this index is up for the ninth straight week, its longest winning streak since late 1988. shares of stocks surged to nearly 5% after the operator of clothing chain unicore raised its full year guidance. but hotter than expected cpi data from china put new pressure on the shanghai deposit. there will be more curbs to taint housing prices. meanwhile, weakness in china's blue chips dropped the hang seng lower. but hsbc did lend some support after the bank said yester
. >> good to see you today. this survey up to multi month high necessary all four of the largest euro area countries, just in the rate of decline, easing in france, easing in spain, situation stabilizing in germany. what does that mean for investors? >> we get two flashes, we get the flash and the final. so not only are we getting an indication of the progression month to month, but we're getting this sort of update. so the market feels they have momentum. since july, really, it's the commitment from mario draghi to do whatever it takes to save the eurozone. the uncertainty that dominated the fist part of 2012 was all about what happens if the currency situation collapses. i think this positive momentum that we've begun to see in all the major indices, which is when i will they're showing below 50, this shows confidence is returning in both the manufacturing and services sector across the larger economy. it's telling us that the directional bias is the more positive one. people are committing further out in terms of their own anticipation expectations. so the detail, if you dig down into i
news, we'll get to that. reaction to the economics in the euro, as you were. >> a reminder, europe can be somewhat close to zero this year, output same as last year, maybe down if we get a decent follow in from the states, maybe clawing back to zero. with the gap between the two, the divergence is the greatest that i've seen since the start of the euro in the '90s. so this is not improving. >> economic divergence is great. market performance is something entirely different. >> yeah. money has to go somewhere. investors, investors around the world are looking for yield. the u.s. investors are looking for yield most of all. they sell the dollar, they buy stuff with yield. this morning, if -- if italian government debt has more yield than other things, then apparently that's just the job. so the euro is likely to go up to 1.34 against the dollar in this move. dollar/yen higher, equities higher. a risk on morning without anybody overthinking it. >> exactly. with the yields being slightly lower than they were this morning as part of that move. the house of representatives passing a bill lat
. on the currency markets, a bit on profit taking setting in there. we're now at 97.69. euro/dollar, we hit just below 1.30 on friday. we keep our eyes on those markets. meanwhile, the italian legend could be set for another twist after sylvia berlusconi's party announced it was close to announcing an alliance with the northern league which would mean that democrats let by pasani would be denied a majority of the senate and that would force them to make their own alliance. this after the weekend suggests monti would come third in the election with up to 15% of the vote. let's move back down to the desk and continue our discussion. we saw the declining yields since berlusconi left. well over 8%, actually. and now we're just at over 4%. how much is the fact that we may get an undecided election, what will that do for sentiment around italy? >> i agree that the risks to the rally we've seen in italian income. i think the biggest risks in the short-term are political risks. in the end, i think the election situation in italy is staying pretty much as we expected. we expect any party would achieve an
% of those surveyed would prefer the uk to leave the euro. >> i should have said leave the european union. britain can't leave that monetary issue. we'll have plenty more on the relationship between britain and europe. for now, we can look at the relationship with markets. the euro stoxx 6700 is down about 0.4% today. not a done of differentiation. the biggest gainer, interestingly, is monti paschi. some of the airlines are struggling, too, on the back of ryan air's results. now take a look at what's happening across the bourses. we're seeing somewhat again of a trading pattern here after the last several trading sessions where it's not consistent. we'll get those up for you just as soon as we can. today, it's down pretty much across the board. the ibex shedding 0.12%. the cac 400.15% the. the xetra dax is also down 0.1%. the ftse 1100, same thing. pretty consistent story across these indexes here. it's a big week for earnings, too. in the meantime, let's take a look at the bond wall. it's been interesting, actually, to see the lack of action, lack of attention markets have been paying he
. on the currency markets, euro/dollar, the euro has been up to 30-month highs against the swiss franc. trying to crawl back some gains. dollar/yen, 88.84. today the yen is a little weaker today on japanese reports minister's saying he was regretful his comments will be misinterpreted. aussie/dollar, 1.0517. we begin to focus on what's going on in rio. let's bring you up to speed with the rest of the news out of asia. li sixuan joins us for the first time out of singapore. >> thank you, ross. asian markets finished on a difficult note. the shanghai composite lost about 1% today, extending losses for the second day after krit swiss downgraded china life. the hang seng ending lower by a touch. no curbs were introduced by the executive yesterday. taiwan's taex is down over 1% led by technology shares. tsmc shares ended a touch higher before its results of announce wantme wantments. it posted a 32% jump meeting forecasts. but the company expects q1 revenue to fall due to seasonal factors. elsewhere, the nikkei is finished just a tap higher. sharp shares jumped over 7% on the back of tv joint ventu
of the euro currency. boy, we went from basically trading a 133, now to trading 131, and today is a big down day. one market that actually is getting a little bit of a breath, but nothing on the scale of what the dollar and some of the other currencies are gaining on the euro, the dollar/yen. the yen has improved marginally today. but we're still on 87 handle on the dollar versus the yen. you want to pay attention to foreign exchange. we still have some other data today. the minutes we'll get later will be scrutinized, especially considering, you know, federal reserve and how it figures into a post-cliff presealing debate. >> i'm glad you brought up the euro. dennis gartman did that earlier this morning and we didn't talk about it at the time. what do you think is happening? why has the euro turned around here? >> well, to me, i think that what the euro represents, or what the relationship between the euro and other currencies represent continues to be exaggerated by shifts in the ultimate dynamics of trying to score the economy. then you had in the big position growth that we've seen, and t
, disappointing industrial production numbers in spain and the uk. but the euro is at a nine-month high this morning. we begin with the s&p, a five-year high. a lot riding on bank earnings. the report's not perfect. american express joining the list of financials that are cutting jobs. >>> best buy's troubles continue. they're not the only retailer under pressure this morning. jcpenney capping a bad week. >>> boeing under official view as a probe is taken on the plane. a cracked inshield and oil leak. >>> remember a cheaper iphone? a top apple executive said forget it. the company continues to focus on china. >>> we'll kick off with wells fargo, kicking off q4 results. the lending business came in a little bit lower than many analysts expecting. the numbers coming out after american express announced plans to cut 5,400 jobs and the s&p closed at fresh five-year highs. jim, it's been said, wfc, probably the most important report of the week. what kind of grade do we give it? >> the whisper was they weren't going to do this anyway. i don't know anyone would think they would -- people were
, the euro, we should note, is hitting 11-month highs against the u.s. dollar. marginal changes on a percentage basis. a road map this morning starts off with apple. even more doubts about the demand for the iphone 5 sending shares below. >> did you see your paycheck on friday? the payroll tax hike obviously kicking in for many americans. felt like a pay cut. will this be a temporary shock or a headwind as stocks hover at five-year highs. >> ubs achoirs tnt after a commission throws up road blocks. >>> to the top story. in the pre-market, we've seen apple shares fall below $500 for the first time in 11 months. the tech giant has cut its orders for iphone 5 components because of weaker than expected demands. screen orders for january to march quarter have fallen about half. the company had planned to order. apple said to cut orders for components other than screens. now, jim, we've had sort of this concern about demand for the iphone 5. i think last week when deutsche bank came out with the note from the japanese team, specifically citing this very issue, that's when the concerns
europe, having exposure to the currency, i have exposure to the euro, for a reason, is that i want -- i don't like the fact that we have twice the deficit that europe has. >> right. >> you hear a lot of bad press about europe but europe has a deficit and i want to be exposed to the euro. mostly because i think that the policies of the federal reserve is identical to those of european central bank and euro has been doing very well. and i think, i smell, everybody is bearish on something. but the story doesn't match the numbers. >> bob pisani, good to see you again. in the 2008 crash, is risk in your opinion still underpriced. and if it is, how do you explain to people to protect themselves? >> unless people have been burned, you can't convince them to get protected. and tail risks have traditionally been cheap depending on which tail. and what people fail to understand is that owning tail protection allows me to take risk elsewhere. it is not like what i spend on the tail is the overall package. it is very favorable when you have equities more attractive than bonds and other things. you
are moving a bit lower today. forex, the euro/dollar is one to watch, up 0.1% today. 1.3330. people are talking about how the ltr payment amounts to tightening. the question then becomes for some of the weaker economies whether it's too strong. dollar/yen moving up today. the yen is weakening by about 0.1%. fitch is saying british banks could need more capital. this has certainly been a theme. something, in fact, out in davos. ross, maria and everyone has been asking banks do they play to raise more capital? ross, what do they have to say about that? >> well, look, there's a lot of folks. what was interesting is when we spoke to the barclay's ceo mr. jenkins this morning said the whole industry when they were growing revenues didn't have to worry too much about costs. now they have to focus on the cost side of the business, which we know they're going to have a transformal plan and that's what they're going to be doing, as well. . capital requirements, how much capital is right when you're still going through periods of contracting growth because, obviously, the higher capital you h
are sitting at. the dollar had broken through. you have seen the euro at 13 month highs. with this environment, you are seeing gold up $20. this is the market taking a breather. it does not surprise people on wall street. let's take a look at chesapeake energy. we know that the ceo will be stepping down on april 1. there it is. up 5.5%. what is the potential going forward? it is what you should continue to follow. back to you before thank you, nicole. contracted for the first time in years. peter, good to see you. the ten year treasury yield is about 10%. the markets barely selling off. what do you say? >> they need to worry. it is interesting that the last quarter of the avant-garde is the weakest of his presidency. it shows me that the temporary euphoria of the stimulus is holding off. i think the fed is getting ready to up the dosage of the stimulus. interest rates are rising despite this it the dollar is tanking. if it was not for the japanese yen, imagine how low the dollar would be. i think it will break down a lot. look at oil prices knocking on the door at $100 a barrel. more people wi
. the currency markets, open for trading for a lot longer today than stocks. the euro is still below 133, the recent high. it's interesting to see that the risk-on currencies are a bit to the upside. >> watch gold, too. i think gold, 12th year of good performance. >> yes. >> i would emphasize gold should be part of people's portfolios. >> while i don't disagree with you, because i've been wrong on gold two years in a row, silver better performer last year than gold. >> numbers are numbers. i find that the gld is just a very, you know, good way, i hope it goes down, the rest of your portfolio goes up. but remember, in the last 12 years we've had deflation, inflation, good control, bad control, but gold is steady because gold is in short supply in the world. >> i thought we were being positive. i'm optimistic for the next year or so. ten years out, different story. oil prices, right? while they've gone up in the last couple weeks, gas prices are down. >> gasoline. >> gasoline. and nat gas remains fairly low. >> nat gas at four-month lows right now. >> let's not underestimate the extra mone
. quick check of currencies, the euro/dollar the focus of a debate this morning on "worldwide exchange." a lot of people saying not so fast if you think that the rising dollar in tandem with rising risk is going to be a theme of the year. today we're seeing the euro/dollar give up .1% to 1. 1.3069. and the dollar/yen after reports out of japan saying there will be coordination between the bank of japan and fiscal authorities to try and get to the 2% inflation target. nothing too concrete. again, the proof will be in the poudre figure i can use a -- in the pudding if i can use a popular phrase this side of the bond. back to you. >> kelly services. i like that -- talent. talent, kelly. >> talent at work. >> talent at work. thanks. >>> coming up, the nation's biggest banks preparing to post quarterly results in the coming days. the inside line next. >>> first as we head to break, a look at yesterday's winners and losers. at 1:45, the a >>> that's hard. >> you stink. the wing and a fractured beak.o surgery was successful, but he will be in a cast until it is fully healed, possibly several
. >> thank you very much. what will it mean for the euro if the ecb cuts interest rates at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning? good morning. positioning for a cut? >> i'm positioning short. but i don't think they're going to cut this time around. there's so many reasons for the ecb to want to cut rates. i think we're looking at an actual cut three months out. german economic data has been pretty weak. i feel like that the position for euro wants to go to the downside. we saw poor german data, obviously the core of the european union. and the reason the ecb hasn't let the euro go. i think they're going to prep the markets next time for a cut. >> what are your levels? >> well, 131.20 was interesting. a level we tried to break through all fall. we finally got above it. now the market in the technicals should be support. it didn't hold the support. you want to go short the euro. >> are you a dollar bull overall? are you getting behind other trades on the basis that the greenback could go higher, higher interest rates in america? >> absolutely, simon. the dollar has this underlying bid ever since the fed
rose to 11.18% in november. that is a euro area high. if you move forward into decent, you can see the aumt of prices. they're prizing in some easing from the central bank down the road. quick look at what is happening at the bond curve. 5.1, just under 5.1%. the spanish treasury outlining the funds you will need for 2013. you can expect they're going to take as many advantage of these conditions as possible. italy, 4.3% on the ten-year. the gilt yield, above 2%. we will explore what's happening with growth going forward. slipping over now to currencies, here is what we've seen some interesting moves. may not look like much this morning. the euro/dollar is roughly flat. but the dollar/yen moving down by about .3%. it was really actually some support from the euro that came from comments out of japan. japan will be investing, bonds buying in the esm. that is an order to indicate some level of support for the eurozone project. but it also works to help, yes, weaken the yen. on that note, back over to you. >> it's always about the yen. kelly evans in london. the can. thank you. >> we'
? >> pmi, the best rating in a while. the euro weakening against the u.s. dollar, watch thanksgiving yesterday, continues to trend today. there is a bid to safety in today's session. i hate to use that phrase you to put it simply, the safe havens out there as we are staring down the barrel dealing with the debt ceiling and spending cuts. >> i thought they would have a tailwind rather than a headwind on currency. not in sync with a bullish picture, got to understand that one of the great reasons we have been able to have a good run, the dollar getting weaker. and also, unless people are short today, i know people are short, nordstrom's very heavily, short target, short gap, that is the only thing really going up. the mean time, i keep pointing out these dollar stores, they are horrendous today. family dollar really terrible. >> family dollar down 12%. >> you have nordstrom going higher, family dollar going lower, people felt that maybe the dollar stores would catch a bid and nordstrom would have weakness because of the high-end consumer being worried that clearly has not been the case
's a couple of things. he said the victory lap. he said we relaunched the euro in 2012. a lot of talk with chris at this teen legarde in europe today. 2015, talking about this growth in the back half. i think draghi's intentions today were not to mess things up. the general feeling here is that what the ecb has done with the current situation, perhaps created the underlying conditions for growth. >> i hosted a dinner with christine legarde last night. one of the things that came up mario draghi said this morning that maybe we have good fall back into a problem again. >> well, that's a good question. but what we're hearing is this new buzz phrase out of davos, which is gsp. >> what is that? >> global stability put. i think larry summers may have been the one to coin this phrase. i heard it this morning when i met with a bunch of central bankers at a breakfast this morning. this phrase keeps coming up. the idea you have japan, you have the european central bank and you now have the fed obviously full throttle on monetary policy, underpinning and, you know, we meet here now in davos, the
to the opening bell. we're watching also outside of equities a big move in the euro u.s. dollar up 1%, which is a huge move for the currency markets. we're also watching oil. oil also up by about a percent or so on the back of the very good china export data that came in overnight. >> nigerian barges out there with huge cargos as i'm trying to rationalize how is it that o oil -- we're paying so much for gasoline. >> mineral exploration company based in vancouver. owner and operator of fitness clubs in the northeast. up pretty much across the board. just jumping out at me, intel, hewlett-packard and dell still stringing together pretty nice gains. hugh let hewlett-packard up. very fascinating report out yesterday, we had tony on last night on fast talking about the sum of the parts analysis. if hp breaks up or just realized to its full potential under meg whitman, $29 a share is what he's pegging some of the parts analysis at. >> when you pronounce something dead, whether sprint versus verizon and at&t versus clearwire, what we discover is there's a resilience even to companies that we basica
auction where in their first big debt aukz of the year, they're 5.8 billion euros above their 5 billion target. here is what's happening across the curve in bond markets in europe. the spanish ten-year, 4.99%. in italy, 4.17%. the bund, meanwhile, about 1.5%. gilt just over 2%. the interesting point here, guys, is that part of the reason why this is we're waiting on the ecb's latest decision. they're not going to need to do much more if current market conditions prevail. this is a pretty good way for them to start. so that auction going well, spanish yields coming into euro. if i can give you a sense of what's happening in other markets, the euro is higher. european equities for the most part as you're looking there are mixed to flat. but here is a look at what's been grabbing our attention. up .3% to 1.31. that i just want to bring your attention to. the all of points down there, you're looking at the dollar/yen. that's the other major story that we continue to follow. 88 was the level breached in trade today as the yen continues to weaken by the dollar by .is 3%. we'll wait to see if
the euro to borrow a tremendous amount of money using the german balance sheet and we're doing the same thing, abusing our world's reserve currency status, and when that ends, it's going to be very painful. >> the music hasn't stopped. the cash is still flowing so markets will go higher. >> you're right. >> all right. we've got to go at this point. i'm not sure we solved anything, but it was fun somehow. >> we did better than congress. >> that's true. >> at least we didn't curse. >> no f-bombs here at least. see you later. stocks kick off the year on a high note thanks in last part to last night's 11th-hour tax deal in congress. checking with bertha coombs for today's leaders and laggards. >> bill, a day for notable milestones. the dow starting the year up over 2% for only the tenth time in 100 years, the nasdaq's best one-day gain in over 15 months, the s&p starting the year with a sizable gain for the fifth straight year. that's never happened and the russell 2000 hitting a new all-time high. zipcar was the russell's biggest percentage gainer on a $500 million cash deal to be acquired
.s. this was really a global move. the euro, though, fell off a mini cliff of its own. a little more detail coming up. >> we'll see kelly evans in just a bit. here's another big story brewing. >> reporter: a brutal political battle today over hurricane sandy aid for hard-hit new york and new jersey. i'll bring you all the tough rhetoric when we come back. >>> and yet another big story brewing for tomorrow. john boehner, he could be facing a real challenge for his job speaker of the house. ace acosta is all over this story. "the kudlow report" begins right now. >>> back to the rally on the streets today. that is the total sizzle story. check out these numbers. in case you missed it, dow added 308 points. nasdaq up 93. s&p 500 surging 36. cnbc's kelly evans joins us with all the details. good evening, kelly. >> larry, good evening, from down here at the stock exchange where you practically would expect streamers and champagne. the kind of day we had to put in in context, the likes of bill gross saying he sees stocks up 5% for the year, we did 60% of that in the first trading day. a lot of people are po
, the euro/dollar. the moves there off the ecb -- >> what? >> rick. >> look at the dollar index. >> can't hear anybody if everybody is talking on top of everybody else. >> talk about the currency market. that's really telling today, too, off the ecb stuff. >> off the ecb, off the monetary policy committee of the bank of england. the pound is up dramatically. the euro is up dramatically, and even though we're still all rallying against the yen, this is one of the biggest drops net day over day in the dollar index i can remember in a while. it's getting close to a whole cent drop. that's pretty big. >> let me get to gordon. we're seeing a real move up in the final hour. what are you seeing in terms of flow? where is the money moving, and who is buying? >> seeing institutional, again, across all sectors. the important thing is we're starting to see it in the financials which to me is the bellwether of this thing being a real bull move here to the upside, because behind financials you know that housing is going to be behind that, and that's going to be one of the things that we've been wait
said congress voted no. it is going to be an amazing debate. the euro turns 14 today. happy birthday, euro. has it been a success? what would it cost you, and i'm not just talking about the initial outlay, but upkeep, garden webs staff, dresses, everything that goes with it, well talk about that with robert frank as well. back to you on "power lunch." >> can't wait for that one, mandy. thank you very much. this is a booming section of the tobacco industry. none other than the electronic cigarettes. it is making cigarettes more life like and big tobacco is taking notice in a big way. jane wells is in los angeles with more. hi, jane. >> hi, sue. for those of you trying to quit smoking this year, big tobacco's not worried. it is investing in a solution to your resolution, competing with a diverse group of tech startups. >> who's got my god [ bleep ] cigarette. >> james cameron took heat for having his character played by sigourney weaver in "avatar" smoke. >> john cameron bag ceo of safecig, to build a product becoming ever closer to recreating the experience of smoking without the carc
their own wagon. this is negative for the euro and the confidence in the u.s. economy, and it is a cautionary tale that means people are flocking to real assets, which is gold. it is an important move. david: isn't everybody doing it? from the united states to the bank of england to the european community itself, everybody is printing money like crazy to buy treasuries, so why bother moving it if everybody is doing it? >> they're bringing it home. germany sees themselves as the only thing that is holding. david: they are the mainstay of the euro. >> they're saying if they have to break away, if they have to move apart, they're circling the wagons with their own gold to say we are able to take a stand here. they couldn't do it in the middle of the european crisis because that would have blown the whole thing up. now that it has calmed down a little bit, they are making preparations to be able to circle the wagons on their own front. liz: what is your call on it and the time limit that you have on that? >> i think over the next three months we can see gold get back into
at currencies, how they fair against the u.s. dollar, more and more strength today in the euro, and, again, seems like the interest rate is not changing in europe really is propelling the euro higher, again today. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you trade? with scottrader streaming quotes, any way you want. fully customize it for your trading process -- from thought to trade, on every screen. and all in real time. which makes it just like having your own trading floor, right at your fingertips. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. try our easy-to-use scottrader streaming quotes. it's another reason more investors are saying... [ all ] i'm with scottrade. cheryl: breaking news from goldman sachs, the economic research teams issuing a report just released as they are lowering the estimate for fourth quarter gdp. they are now saying fourth quarter is 1.3%, down a half percentage from the original estimate of the fourth quarter. why lower the estimate for the fourth quarter? weaker than expected trade data is one thing they cited, so the november trade gap an issue, a
in the best euro sales since 2007 so we will dig deeper into those december sales next and see what is ahead for the industry in this new year. melissa: we have some breaking news. john boehner received enough votes to be reelected as speaker of the house. let's go to peter barnes on capitol hill. he has crossed the threshold of 217. peter: the vote is still underway. we had a handful of republicans holding back it appears to see how it would go but it appears john boehner has been reelected as the speaker of the house forr the 113th congress. he could afford with 233 republicans who could afford to lose 17 votes by our count, so far he lost nine which means he had at least eight votes, again they're still coming in but appears to show the bottom line is 217, more than 217 the majority of all members voting and it appears he has. melissa: thank you so much for that. lori: automakers reporting big sales numbers in the month of december. ford, gm and toyota hitting 52-week highs today. ihs director of automotive research on whether or not the auto industry would really turn around. shares of m
.894%. and the dollars this morning is up across the board. euro coming in at 1.326. and the dollar/yen is at 88.87. gold prices at this point are down by about $9. 1,669 an ounce. >>> it's now time for the global markets report. ross westgate is standing by in london this morning. good morning, ross. >> andrew, good morning to you. we're pretty flat in european markets as evidenced by the wall behind me. european stocks in general closing yesterday at two-year highs. the ftse yesterday closing above 6,100 for the first time since may 2008. so not quite the five-year high of the s&p but not far behind. we're seeing the ftse pretty flat as with most of these markets. you have been taking a look at these markets. we saw the 12-month borrowing cost at a three-year low. and today at auction, three-year yield in italy down a little bit. hitting under 2% at 1.85%. they raised 2.5 billion. that is the lowest we've seen on italian auction yields for that three year in march 2010. so continuing lower borrowing costs for italy and, of course, for spain we saw yesterday. now, the -- there we go. 1.9% is the cash ma
see the euro is trading at 1.343. dollar is down against the yen and the pound. and gold prices this morning are indicated up by about $6.50. 1,659.50 an ounce. >> it's now time for the global markets report. let's fly over to see kelly evans in the land of the caviar communist. kelly evans is in london this morning. good morning. >> andrew, good morning. as the deals go, you're going to love this one. a high profile board room battle is heating up this side of the pond. the rothschild banking dynasty is banked against one of the most powerful families in indonesia for shares of bumi. shares are up about 20% from a year ago. but these since the ipo has fallen sharply. the indonesian focused miner has called an extraordinary general meeting next month to let investors decide whether to take nat rothschild planned board shake up. this goes back to 2010. executives have advised shareholders to vote against all the charges. today, we saw this play out in realtime. nat rothschild said shareholders in this case have little choice but to push for reform. >> nick von schernding is a goo
month in a row. the euro gaining for a sixth straight month against the u.s. dollar. longest winning streak in nearly a decade. hitting the highest level against the greenback in 15 months, but rich edson, go ahead, we have breaking news. rich: the senate has voted to raise the debt ceiling through may 18. this also has a provision that says in the senate doesn't pass a budget, the senators don't get paid, house lawmakers don't get paid after april 15. they don't get paid until the end of congress and are made whole at the end of the congress in 2014. the bill goes to the president's desk raising the debt ceiling so treasury can extend that sometime to july or august. david: a quick question in terms of defense, we will be talking about how defense cutbacks are hurting individual jobs in individual sectors and does this affect defense spending directly? >> this moves the debt ceiling fight the back. now march 1, automatic spending cuts and defense and other programs begin to hit and government spending on march 27. next up, defense spending will be a topic of conversation in d.c. and
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are asleep. china is slowing down. potential escalations in syria. and in the euro zone, a potential spanish downgrade. what i'm focused on is looking at vix call options, expiring in february. as a result, february comes around, more jitters in the market, you'll make money. >> all right, so, you're expecting a down market, then, is what you're saying, except being selective. robert, you're up. 30 seconds on the clock. go for it. >> yeah, tomorrow i'm going to be watching the price action in alcoa after reporting earnings this afternoon. the stock's been a dismal performer since 2011. we think a close tomorrow above $9.25 is positive for alcoa. gives us good momentum heading into earnings season. also at 1:00 p.m., i'm going to watch the ten-year treasury auction. want to see how that responds. we believe technically that rates are going to be heading higher and we think this is bullish for equities. we anticipate the $1.75 trillion that's flowed into bond mutual funds to make it way back. >> 30 seconds on the clock. what do you want to look at? >> sure, maria. with little economic news com
trades could have been, and they were. whether it's euro/yen, dollar/yen. if you want to know why our stock market is doing well, look at this chart. a chart of one year of the nikkei and obviously something magical happened towards the end of last year. look how the stock market took off and connect the dots with the transcripts, ben bernanke's advice given a decade plus going to the japanese was definitely put in place, the liquidity programs, the quantitative easing, the monetizing and look what happened to their stock market, and if you also look at what happened to the jgb, briefly, they shot up in yield. it's moderated a bit. kyle bass is on today with david faber and everybody loves kyle bass. >> right. >> he talked about the first black swan with all the central banking activity probably turns out to be japan. we don't know when. i would fully agree and i think these two charts give you some clues that there is a possibility. >> andres, what do you think? is japan back? >> well, i think to a certain extent the unintended consequences is what we're actually going to see in the
in the equity trade so you want it watch this. the dollar index is up on the day. why? because the euro has fallen quite dramatically and the dollar add great day like every other currency. becky, back to you and happy new year. >> happy new year. >> if you are just coming out under your rock, a triple digit on the dow. yields on the ten-year also rising. still a lot of uncertainty ahead. how should you be positioning yourself or 2013? let's bring in our panel of expert traders. kenny is standing by at the nyse. richburg in chicago. and anthony at the nymes. kenny, why don't we start things off with you. you said you thought this would be a good year for stocks. is that because you think the economy is looking strong or you can't fight the fed at this point? >> you can't fight the fed as we have seen the last three or four years. but it is not so much that economy is so strong, it feels to be stabilized. it feels to build a nice foundation. whether our economy or economies around the world. that is giving me optimism for the year. i do though think that first couple months actually might be
only need to look at two charts. the first chart is the euro/yen. this comes back to the highest levels since the summer of 2011. when you include the dollar/yen in that chart, you have to go back an extra year. we're comping to the summer of 2010. in either case, the dynamic is the same. i keep harping on it, and it continues to be the best trade that the fx traders are dealing with for the last three or four months. that is, long anything against the yen. carl, back to you. >> thanks a lot, rick. talk to you in a little while. let's check out the latest moves in metals. >> good morning, carl. let's start with the slide in gold futures down a dollar may not seem like so much. when you look at the fact that gold is below $16.50 an ounce, a key technical level there, that is the reason why many traders say there's more bullish momentum in the gold market. add to that the fact that the latest report said the bullish bets for gold are at the lowest levels we've seen since august. a lot of investors are on the sidelines waiting to see what happens with the next round of budget talks. and no
of the euro is not likely anymore, and that's clearly the case. i think draghi has done a terrific job. and number three getting through the leadership transition in china and further stimulation in china. all of those three things are more positive than they have been at any point in the last several years. >> in no doubt about it. in terms of europe. you have the election in italy, bonds due, interest on the bonds due in spain. do these represent hiccups do you think? >> i think they're just challenges or marks in the journey. look at what the progress has been in europe. the progress with the fiscal constraint in portugal, in ireland, in spain. the role monti has played in italy and the leadership he's given that country. the steadfastness of merkel in germany. the fiscal restraint in the uk. all of these are saying we get it collectively. we need to show restraint, but we need to restructure at a pace our societies can absorb so we're going to have a continued series of steps. there's no big bang answer. >> speaking of the u.s. for a moment, a number of banks are getting out of fix
2%. the dollar has been something to watch in terms of the euro. but even more against the yen and finally gold was -- after the fed comments about maybe not, you know, being accommodative forever. hit the gold markets pretty hard last week. >> it's time now for the global markets report. ross westgate standing by in london across the pond. mr. westgate. >> hey, andrew. thank you very much for that. you can see after the gains we had last week, softer this morning. decliners outpacing advancers by a ratio of around 6 to 3, somewhere around that margin. the ftse 100, when you're a stock in general up at 22-month highs, friday, up .5%. right now, the if it is sfts is down .25%. we're not far away from the all-time highs on the xetra dax 7740.78 is up near the all time high. the cac 40 is down .5%. ibex up .1%. no doubt about the standouts, that is indeed the banks after the basel committee that supervisors bank regulation, says the liquidity cover ratio, which is the thing that forces banks to hold enough cash and easy to sell assets, they're changing that in terms of what they n
. >> does it matter? >> to me, it doesn't matter. >> it won't change what the 10 euro is doing anyway. >> no see. because the fed is involved. >> the has the why it's so hard as an investor, your typical benchmarks you use are no longer market determined. as a result, it's very ha hard -- everybody references those rates but those rates aren't market determined. i like to call fixed income is price fixed and no income. that's what you're dealing with as fixed income investor. >> thanks, doug. a little bit more from you. >> when we come back, in fact, lawmakers striking the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. setting up another fight in two months or less over the debt ceiling and sequestration measures that got pushed over the road. we have republican john barrasso with more and budget battle still to come. c'mon dad! i'm here to unleash my inner cowboy... instead i got heartburn. [ horse neighs ] hold up partner. prilosec isn't for fast relief. try alka-seltzer. kills heartburn fast. yeehaw! but don't just listen to me. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot,
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